About This Image
This accompanied a group of daguerreotypes by Bayard listed elsewhere. An important image of Notre Dame before its 19th-century restoration.
A major restoration effort began in 1843 under the supervision of architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, which was spurred by a larger renewal of interest in Gothic architecture. Viollet-leDuc completed his controversial restoration work in 1864.
Many of the building’s iconic features date to the 19thcentury restorations. These include the crossing spire that collapsed in the recent fire. It also includes the many gargoyles and chimeras that peer out from the upper parts
of the cathedral, many of which are modern replacements of medieval sculptures.
The 19th century also saw the construction of the parvis, or square in front of the cathedral, which significantly altered how one encounters the structure. Visitors to the cathedral now have a much larger area from which to view the front of the building which facilitates spectacular views of the cathedral’s twin towers.
In this photo Its central spire has not yet been added. That spire had to replace the original, which had been completely removed in the 18th century because of instability
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Medium Salt print from a calotype
Photo Date 1843c Print Date 1843c
Dimensions 6 x 8 in. (152 x 203 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France